Big Story Weather – August 26, 2013
Daily weather forecast and wrap-up provided by redOrbit meteorologist Joshua Kelly.
Big Story Weather from August 23-25:
A heat wave hit the Northern Plains hard over the weekend with many temps in the 95-100F range along with heat index values near 115. The Southwest picked up nice rainfall from Tropical Depression Ivo that moved across the Baja. A new tropical formed in the Southwest Gulf of Mexico and will make landfall in Mexico. Severe weather was fairly limited with no tornadoes over the weekend. The largest hail on Friday was 1.0 inch in Arizona, Kentucky, and also Tennessee. The strongest winds came from Montana with gusts near 70-75mph. Saturday brought 2-inch hail to Minnesota and 60-65mph wind gusts to Idaho. On Sunday the largest hail was 1.75 inches in Oregon and also Minnesota. The strongest winds were in Central South Dakota at 80mph.
Big Story Weather Discussion for August 26:
Surface Map: High pressure over the Tennessee River Valley will bring nice weather to the Gulf Coast and also over most of the Mid-Atlantic and into the Northeast. A few afternoon sea breeze thunderstorms will be possible over Southern Florida. Low pressure moving into the Great Lakes will bring another day of strong to severe storms for the region. High pressure over the Rockies will bring another warm and dry day along with elevated fire risk to the region. This will extend into the West Coast. Tropical Depression Ivo will bring another day of possibly heavy rainfall to portions of the Southwest.
Severe Weather: The Southwest will have the chance for heavy rains and also strong winds. The Central Plains into the Western Great Lakes will see heavy rains, strong winds and some hail. The sea breeze over Southern Florida will provide for strong winds and heavy rains.
Tropical Weather: Tropical Storm Fernand formed overnight in the Southwest Gulf of Mexico and is forecasted to track into Mexico this evening with winds around 45mph and pressure near 1003mb. The storm will gain a little strength prior to landfall.
Select City Forecast:
New York NY: Partly cloudy with a high near 68F and lows near 60F.
Houston TX: Partly cloudy and hot today with high temps near 94F and lows near 75F.
Chicago IL: Partly cloudy with a few afternoon thunderstorms. High temps around 74F and lows near 64F. Total rainfall around 0.25 inches.
Los Angeles CA: Partly cloudy and mild with a high near 85F and lows near 74F.
Phoenix AZ: Mostly cloudy with showers/t-storms possible. High temps around 99F and lows near 87F. Total rainfall around 0.15 inches with some locally heavier totals possible.
August 26, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:
Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Depression Ivo continues tracking along the Baja and should dissipate later today. Winds are now at 25kts. Low pressure moving just to the northwest of Hawaii will bring strong winds and high surf. Low pressure moving into the Gulf of Alaska will bring showers and gusty winds to the area.
Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Fernand has winds around 45kts and pressure of 1003mb. The storm is moving westward and should make landfall today over portions of Mexico. Low pressure moving through the Great Lakes will bring showers and thunderstorms to the area. Low pressure moving over Eastern Canada will bring showers to the region. Low pressure near Iceland will bring showers and strong winds to the region.
Western Pacific: Tropical Depression 14W has developed just to the east of Manila and will track west-northwestward over the next 24 hours with winds around 25kts and pressure of 1004mb. This storm is forecasted to gain strength and make a turn to the north. Low pressure moving across Northeast Russia will bring showers to the region.
Indian Ocean: The southwest monsoon will bring more rainfall to the region from India to Sri Lanka, along with increased convection over the open Ocean to the southwest of Sri Lanka.
Southern Hemisphere: Multiple low pressures are moving across the basin with impacts being felt over Southern South America with rain and snow. Low pressure moving south of Africa will bring strong winds and rainfall to South Africa. A third low pressure moving towards Southwest Australia will bring showers to the region.
Five-Day Storm Index Outlook for August 26-30:
New York NY: The period will start out impact free. There is a chance for thunderstorms on Aug 29. Expect to see slight to moderate impacts in the area.
Houston TX: The area will start impact free. A passing cold front will bring thunderstorms to the region along with a slight to moderate impacts for Aug 27-28. The period will finish impact free.
Chicago IL: The region will start with slight to moderate impacts over the next couple of days. The remainder of the period will be impact free.
Los Angeles CA: The next five days will be impact free.
Phoenix AZ: The period will see moderate impacts over the next three days as more tropical moisture feeds into the region. This could lead to some flash flooding as well. The period will then finish impact free.
Climate Watch for August 21-25:
New York NY: The period started with temps around 7 degrees above normal and then the remainder of the period temps were around 1-4 degrees below normal.
Houston TX: The period saw temps around 1-4 degrees above normal and then finished the period around 5 degrees below normal.
Chicago IL: The period started around 8 degrees above normal and then fell to around 4 degrees below normal, then the period finished with temps around 1-8 degrees above normal.
Los Angeles CA: The period started around 2 degrees below normal and then warmed to around 2-6 degrees above normal and finished the period back around 4-6 degrees below normal.
Phoenix AZ: The period started around 4 degrees below normal and the briefly warmed to around 2 degrees above normal followed by 1-15 degrees below normal due to the heavier rainfall.
Major Weather Impacts Discussion for August 26, 2013:
Day 1-3: High pressure over the Tennessee River Valley will bring partly cloudy skies from the Gulf Coast to the Southeast and along most of the Eastern US. A frontal boundary moving through the Great Lakes will bring showers and thunderstorms through the region and into portions of the Mid-Mississippi River Valley. High pressure over the Rockies will bring dry and warm weather to the region along with an increase in fire hazard. A very hot weather pattern will be in place over the Northern Plains with places seeing temps in the 97-102F range along with heat index values over 110. The West Coast will remain dry and warm as well. Showers and thunderstorms will move through the Southwest. The period will finish with low pressure moving over the Northeast bringing showers and thunderstorms to the major cities along the coast. Tropical moisture will be pushing over the Southwest again. A strong low pressure area will begin to approach the Pacific Northwest.
Day 4-7: The period will start with a frontal boundary along the Mid-Atlantic back into the Gulf Coast bringing showers and thunderstorms to the region. The Southwest will see another day of increased tropical moisture. The Pacific Northwest will see some much needed rain as well. Day six a frontal boundary will push into the Northern Plains bringing showers and thunderstorms to the region. The Southwest will have moderate rainfall again. The period will finish with another low pressure moving through the Plains and a second low over the Great Lakes and Northeast.
Day 8-12: The period will start with low pressure over the Northeast bringing heavy rainfall to the region along with another low pressure over the Plains bringing more moderate rainfall and strong thunderstorms to the region. The afternoon sea breeze will pick back up over the Gulf Coast and Southeast. Showers and thunderstorms will extend from the Mid-Atlantic to the Gulf Coast during day ten. The period will finish with a frontal boundary from the Mid-Atlantic to the Gulf Coast bringing showers and thunderstorms to the region.
Long Range Outlook: The period will start with the sea breeze in place over the Gulf Coast and Southeast, while a frontal boundary will be pushing up over the Northeast and Great Lakes bringing moderate rainfall to the region. The middle of the period a frontal boundary will extend from the Northeast all the way into the Gulf Coast. Expect to see showers and thunderstorms along this boundary. High pressure will build in over the Northern Plains bringing cooler weather. The period will finish with a strong low moving through the Northern Plains bringing strong to severe storms to the region.
Today’s Spotlight Forecast is for Memphis TN:
Monday: Partly cloudy and warm with a high near 93F. Winds from the southeast 2-7mph and lows near 67F.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy and warm with a high near 92F. Winds from the southwest 2-7mph and lows near 68F.
Wednesday: Partly cloudy and hot with a high near 94F. Winds from the west 2-7mph and lows near 70F.
Thursday: Partly cloudy and hot with a high near 97F. Winds from the northwest 2-7mph and lows near 72F.
Friday: Partly cloudy and very hot with high temps around 99F. Winds from the southeast 2-7mph and lows near 74F.
Ask The Weatherman for August 26, 2013:
Question: What kind of weather do pilots receive before each flight?
Answer: Pilots are briefed by a special set of meteorologists that usually belong to the airline. They get information on flight level winds, air temperatures, any turbulence will there be, and any icing that could impact the airplane. They also get briefed on weather conditions at their destination airport, such as will they run into any rain, snow, hail, thunderstorms all of that information. So a pilot does get a pretty in-depth weather brief before they fly for the day.
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Green Energy Weather Report for August 26, 2013:
Wave Energy: There will be slight to moderate amounts of energy along the Northeast and also the Mid-Atlantic coast. The Southeast and Northern Gulf Coast will see slight amounts. The Southwest will see moderate to extreme amounts of energy. The Pacific Northwest will have moderate amounts.
Solar Energy: There will be ample amounts of energy over the majority of the East Coast and also along the Gulf Coast. There will also be ample amounts of energy over the Plains and into the Rockies. There will be ample amounts of energy over most of the West as well.
Wind Energy: The strongest wind energy today will be over the Great Lakes near the low pressure and also over the Northern Rockies.
Hydro-Energy: There will be slight to moderate amounts of energy from the Great Lakes into the Mid-Mississippi River Valley and also over portions of the Southwest.
August 26 Weather and Your Wallet (Rapid City SD):
A weak upper level disturbance will move through the region today bringing isolated thunderstorms to the area.
Dining: There will be some impacts this afternoon as thunderstorms build over the area.
Transportation: There will be some slowdowns on the roadways and possibly at the airport this afternoon due to thunderstorms.
Shopping: This morning will be an excellent time to get out and do that shopping. Otherwise make sure to take an umbrella with you this afternoon.
Electricity: There will be a demand all day today for cooling. Between 12PM-6PM there will be a moderate demand as high temps rise to around 98F. The total CDD’s for the day will be around 23.
Yard Work: Today will be an excellent day for your lawn and garden. If you have plans on mowing the grass you might want to do it right away this morning or wait until around sunset.
Construction: There will be some impacts this afternoon as thunderstorms move through the region. If you are working on outdoor projects today, make sure to stay hydrated and take breaks as it will be very warm as high temps hit around 98F along with heat index values near 120.
Outdoor Venues: This morning would be a good time to go see Mt. Rushmore before it gets too hot.
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